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Pay TV May Not Be Dead, But It’s Dead In The Water

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-pay-net-additions-2012-11

Some people think the pay TV business is on its deathbed. These numbers from Bernstein Research’s Craig Moffett, via Peter Kafka, don’t hurt that argument.

As you can see, subscriber growth has been just about flat for the last two years. This is good news because it means people aren’t ditching pay TV in droves. But it’s bad news because it means the industry is stuck.

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Friday, November 9th, 2012 news No Comments

The Real Reason Everyone Quits Is Their Paycheck

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-top-reason-why-workers-quit-their-jobs-is-because-of-low-salary-2012-9

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In recent years, companies have had trouble retaining employees — especially the Gen Y workers who are more apt to move from one opportunity to the next. 

Now we know why.

Last year, the top reason workers quit their jobs was to seek higher pay somewhere elseaccording to a survey conducted by PayScale

And this trend has been steadily rising for the past three years. 

The survey says that larger companies are more likely to lose their employees than smaller ones, yet they are also the ones more willing to award their employees through bonuses. 

The graph below shows that the information, media and telecommunications industry offers the most types of bonuses — and individual incentive programs are also the most common. 

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Payscale’s survey defines a small company as one with less than 100 employees, a medium-sized one as a firm with 100-to-1,000 employees and a large-sized one as anything larger than that. 

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Monday, September 10th, 2012 news No Comments

Comcast, Scripps deal brings more internet streaming video on Xfinity TV

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/07/17/comcast-scripps-deal-brings-more-internet-streaming-video-on-xf/

While some pay-TV providers are tied up in nasty battles with the studios that provide them content, Comcast and Scripps have just inked an agreement to bring the company’s lifestyle programming to cable subscribers over the internet. As noted in the press release (embedded after the break) the multi-year deal brings HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel and Great American Country to Comcast’s TV Everywhere portal, via mobile (and “other” devices) and on Scripps websites. Probably not a minor element in the deal is the inclusion of support for Comcast’s on the fly ad-insertion for VOD, which should push the efforts of both partners along, although potentially unskippable ads could be less viewer friendly.

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Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 news No Comments

Facebook Pay To Promote Feature

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5914226/facebooks-pay+to+promote-posts-feature-has-arrived

Facebook's Pay-to-Promote Posts Feature Has ArrivedWe’ve heard rumblings that Facebook was testing a system called Highlight that would allow people to pay to promote a post, and now obnoxiously enough, it’s starting to show up.

Chris Cantalini, who runs a music blog called Gorilla vs. Bear, tweeted that he was posting a track by Holy Balm when he was presented with the above prompt. It asked him if he wanted to pay as much as $100 so that just one post, one song, could reach an estimated 39,000 people. For the record, only 37,000 people already Like Gorilla vs. Bear on Facebook.

This is just one instance, and the feature is supposedly not just for brands, but individuals as well, so it means we might be seeing Highlight in more places soon. Now that Facebook’s IPO has tanked, perhaps it’s looking for some fresh cash. [@GorillavsBear]

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Wednesday, May 30th, 2012 digital No Comments

The Most Overpaid CEOs In America (OXY)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/obermatt-overpaid-underpaid-ceos-america-2012-2


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Executive compensation is one of the most ironic hotly-debated topics out there.  It’s hotly debated because people often complain that CEOs are overpaid.  It’s ironic because most of the people who complain about excessive pay have the capacity to do something, yet they do nothing.

You see, every year shareholders of a company are mailed a Form DEF 14A, also known as the proxy statement. In the proxy are the details of the company’s executive compensation plans, and they are typically written plain English.  If shareholders don’t like the plan, they vote it down.

But many shareholders will receive the proxy in the mail and throw it right into the trash. And by default, they vote in favor of whatever plan is recommended by the Board.

Anyways, research firm Obermatt (via The Economist) computed the excess pay of CEOs of the S&P 100 companies.  Excess pay is calculated as deserved pay less actual pay.  Deserved pay is measured considering earnings growth and shareholder return and the compensation practices of peer group companies.

On the top of the “Most Overpaid” list is Occidental Petroleum’s Ray Irani. Irani is widely considered the poster child of excessive pay.

On the bottom are fan favorites Steve Jobs and Warren Buffett.

Here’s a chart of Obermatt’s rankings courtesy of The Economist:

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Tuesday, February 7th, 2012 news No Comments

In Case You Needed More Proof Android Is Walloping iOS (AAPL, GOOG, RIMM)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/comscore-mobile-subscriber-market-share-2011-12


ComScore’s three-month report on mobile subscribers (ending in November) is out.

The results: Samsung is the number one phone manufacturer in the U.S. and Android is still the top mobile OS.

Apple did see its smartphone market share grow a bit, from 27.3% to 28.7% in the last three months. But Google’s Android platform is still crushing it with 46.9% of the smartphone market in the U.S.

RIM’s BlackBerry OS continues to flail, dropping to 16.6% of the market from 19.7% three months ago. Windows Phone is treading water with about 5% of the market.

Here’s the chart:

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When it comes to hardware manufacturers, Samsung now has more than a quarter of the market in all mobile phones, including non-smartphones. Apple made a nice jump in the last three months, with the iPhone now accounting for 11.2% of the mobile phones in the U.S.

Here’s the manufacturer breakdown:

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